Dale County, Alabama Genealogy

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Dale County, Alabama
Map of Alabama highlighting Dale County
Location in the state of Alabama
Map of the U.S. highlighting Alabama
Location of Alabama in the U.S.
Founded December 22, 1824
County Seat Ozark

United States  Gotoarrow.png  Alabama  Gotoarrow.png  Dale County

County Courthouse

Dale County, Alabama Courthouse.jpg
Dale County Courthouse
Court Square 
Ozark, AL 36360,
Phone:(334) 774-5003

Probate Judge has marriage and probate records from 1884 and land records;
Clerk Circuit Court has court records and divorce records from 1885
County Health Department has birth records  [1]


Parent County

1824--Dale County was created 22 December 1824 from Covington, Henry and Pike Counties.
County seat: Ozark [2]

Boundary Changes

1869 and 1884 -- Courthouse burned and many records were damaged.

For further information on researching in burned counties, see the following:

Burned Counties Research



Populated Places

Neighboring Counties




Biographies of many notable residents of Dale County, Alabama Genealogy were published in Memorial Record of Alabama (1893). Digital version at FamilySearch Books Online - free. Begins on page 802.


  • Hayes, E. Howard. Inscriptions from the Cemeteries of Dale County, Alabama. Dothan, Ala., 1956. Digital version at Ancestry ($). Includes Alberson Cemetery, Antioch Cemetery, Ariton Cemetery, Asbury Cemetery, Averett (or McCarty) Cemetery, Barnes Cemetery, Beersheba Cemetery, Bell (old) Cemetery, Bethel Baptist Church Cemetery, Bethel Methodist Church Cemetery, Beulah Cemetery, Brown's Cemetery, Byrd Cemetery, Carroll Cemetery, Cedar Grove Cemetery, Cemetery in Byrd's Old Field, Centeridge Cemetery, Chalkhead Cemetery, Christian Hill Cemetery, City-Ozark (or Union) Cemetery, Claybank Cemetery, Clopton Cemetery, Carrin Cemetery, County Line Cemetery, Daleville Cemetery, Daleville (old) Cemetery, Dean Cemetery, Dick Cemetery, Dykes Cemetery, Ebenezer-Zion Cemetery, Echo Congregational Methodist Church Cemetery, Echo Methodist Church Cemetery, Evergreen Cemetery, Ewell Cemetery, Garner Cemetery, Grimes Methodist Episcopal Church Cemetery, Hawridge Cemetery, Jones Cemetery, Hopeful Cemetery, Judah or Piney Grove Cemetery, Lee Cemetery, Lee Stevens Cemetery, Mabson Cemetery, McDonald Cemetery, Macedonia Cemetery, Magnolia Cemetery, Magnolia Church Cemetery, Maund Cemetery, Metcalf (old) Cemetery, Midland City Cemetery, Mossey Grove Cemetery, Mt. Carmel Cemetery, Mt. Ennon Cemetery, Mt. Hebron Cemetery, Mt. Liberty Cemetery, Mt. Olive Cemetery, Mt. Pisgah Cemetery, Mt. Zion Cemetery, Mullins Cemetery, Newhope Cemetery, Newton Cemetery, Penile Cemetery, Pinchard or Borland Cemetery, Piney Grove Cemetery, Pleasant Grove Cemetery, Pleasant Hill Baptist Church Cemetery, Pleasant Hill Methodist Church Cemetery, Pleasant Ridge Baptist Church Cemetery, Pleasant Ridge Methodist Church Cemetery, Post Oak Cemetery, Powell Cemetery, Providence Cemetery, Rocky Hill Cemetery, Salem Cemetery, Salem (old) Cemetery, Shiloh Cemetery, Skipperville Cemetery, Springfield Cemetery, Summer Hill Cemetery, Strickland Cemetery, Sylvan Grove Cemetery, Union Cemetery, Union Cemetery, Union Hill Cemetery, Universalist Cemetery, Wesley Chapel Cemetery, West View Cemetery, Wiggins Cemetery, Windham (old) Cemetery, Woodham Cemetery, and Zion Cemetery.

Additional Dale County cemeteries are included in Alabama Cemetery Records Vol. 1 at FamilySearch Books Online - free.


Dale County, Alabama
Year Pop.  %±
1830 2,031
1840 7,397 264.2%
1850 6,382 −13.7%
1860 12,197 91.1%
1870 11,325 −7.1%
1880 12,677 11.9%
1890 17,225 35.9%
1900 21,189 23.0%
1910 21,608 2.0%
1920 22,711 5.1%
1930 23,175 2.0%
1940 22,685 −2.1%
1950 20,828 −8.2%
1960 31,066 49.2%
1970 52,995 70.6%
1980 47,821 −9.8%
1990 49,633 3.8%
2000 49,129 −1.0%
2010 50,251 2.3%
For tips on accessing Dale County, Alabama Genealogy census records online, see: Alabama Census.

Church History and Records

  • Wells, Glenn L. History of the First United Methodist Church of Ozark, Alabama. Ozark, Ala.: The Church?, 1973. Digital version at Ancestry ($).


Land and Property

To place a grant or deed on a map within context of Dale County, Alabama Genealogy see:

  • Boyd, Gregory A. Family Maps of Dale County, Alabama: with Homesteads, Roads, Waterways, Towns, Cemeteries, Railroads, and More. Norman, Okla.: Arphax Pub. Co., 2007. This is a definitive work and can be used as an index to land grants. Digital version at HistoryGeo.com ($). Website includes free surname index. FHL Book 976.133 E7bg.

Local Histories






Vital Records

Vital Record Substitutes

A free collection of obituaries and death notices from various funeral homes in the Dale County area has been put together by GenealogyBuffs.com.

Voting Registers

Alabama Voting Registers for 1867 are available online at the Alabama Department of Archives and History.  Dale County has one book.

Societies and Libraries

Family History Center

  • Introduction to LDS Family History Centers
  • Dothan Alabama
    • 3199 Ross Clark Cir NW
      Dothan, Dale/Houston/Henry/Geneva, Alabama, United States
      Phone: 334-793-7425
      Hours: T 8:30-11:30pm, 1:30pm-4pm; T-Th 6:30pm-8:30pm; Th 9am-12pm, 1pm-3:30pm

  • Enterprise Alabama
    • 110 Shell Field Rd
      Enterprise, Coffee, Dale, Houston, Geneva, Alabama, United States
      Phone: 334-347-3631
      Hours: Tues & Thurs 10 am -2pm Wed 4pm-8pm;
      other times by appt.
      Closures: Closed on Holidays
  • Ozark Alabama
    • Mixon School Rd
      Ozark, Dale, Alabama, United States
      Phone: 334-774-9405
      Hours: T-Th 6pm-8pm

Web Sites


  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Dale County p. 36. At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  2. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).